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Mercedes-Benz’s latest B-Class iPad Brochure app is a first for showrooms

The latest B-Class iPad Brochure app from Mercedes-Benz is a first for the showroom environment. It features the newest in augmented reality with full-scale experience layers information directly on the vehicle itself. The interactive app utilizes iPad's ability to inform and to entertain. With this app, the B-Class can come to life for prospective B-Class buyer to explore.

Those who are looking for a visual kick, the model lines section enables a convenient and fast way to compare the SE trim with the Sport 'slide by slide' from three exterior angles. One can see thousands of personalization choices by using the configurator. There are many customer-specific interior and exterior color choices, design specification additions, wheel options and trim line options. 

App users can save and share their ideal B-Class. A handy Retailer Locator tool will direct them to the nearest retailer if they wish to learn more or explore further into the augmented reality in the comfort of their local showroom. The app has every feature which a potential B-Class buyer could wish to learn about the new model such as price list as well as all the information seen in a conventional paper brochure. 

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will be discontinued

From the latest interview with Mercedes-Benz USA spokesman Rob Moran by Automotive News, we learned that the company is letting go of its zero-emissions hatchback a.k.a. the B-Class Electric Drive effective on the third quarter of this year. It hasn’t even been three years yet since it started selling in the market in December 2013. The reason behind its departure isn’t only caused by the EV’s obvious poor sales performance, but also because Mercedes-Benz will soon to renovate its manufacturing facility in Restatt, Germany.

Details about replacing this model have not been revealed yet but the factory will be converted mainly for Mercedes Benz’s upcoming compact model range. By 2018, the German car manufacturer is looking to launch an all-new A-Class hatchback along with other compact vehicle models. While the traditionally powered B-Class maintains its production course, Mercedes sees to it that its newly developed EQ sub brand will find the new range of EVs ready for take-off. More than ten vehicles with no combustion engines are being prepared for launch all the way until 2025. All these come with an investment amounting to $11.7 Billion.

It seems Mercedes finally knows what to expect as far as electrification is involved especially after setting out the Concept EQ last 2016 in Paris. Though the concept model is actually a crossover, talks about another EQ concept are strong and it seems to be heading its way to this year’s Frankfurt Motorshow. If so, Mercedes is looking to unveil a production hatchback EV that will probably rival the BMW i3, if not exceed it. Rumors also suggest that it is set to arrive as a road-going model by 2020.

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Apple shows 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' mode on the future iOS 11 featured on iPhone and iPad

In previous reports, Nissan came up with a lifesaving solution that will address the pressing issue of distracted driving in the form of Signal Shield Concept: The vehicle's arm rest compartment will be converted into a Faraday cage-like area where you can place your mobile device and when the lid is closed, the system will immediately set up a silent zone that will block all the phone's incoming and outgoing cellular activities, Bluetooth and even Wi-fi connections. It is really a cool safety concept coming from the Japanese automaker, and now Apple will also contribute to that cause and is now planning to release a safety feature geared towards drivers.

Have you ever gotten the urge to check your text messages, Facebook notifications and Instagram while driving? Apple wants you to stop the dangerous habit with a new feature called "Do Not Disturb While Driving." DNDWD feature was revealed at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference and will be launched as part of iOS 11 for the iPad and iPhone this coming fall. The feature will be activated when the cellular phone will notice that the user is in a vehicle, and is not using Apple CarPlay at that time, and will block any incoming notifications.

Furthermore, it can even send automatic text message replies that will indicate that the phone's owner is currently driving. DNDWD utilizes information about Bluetooth connectivity and adjacent Wifi networks to know if the phone is in a moving vehicle, according to Endgadget. The feature will also be immediately allowed to function when the mobile device is situated in a running car, although passengers or the person behind the wheel with no regard for safety can manually override the feature. IOS will provide the feature with no payment required, and it will be available this fall for the iPhone 5s to the newest iPhone.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive now available to order in the UK

Interested buyers could now order the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, which could capable of cruise up to 142 miles on a single charge and accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds. The EV features Tesla-developed technology and its electric motor generates 180 hp of output and 340 NM of torque – powered by lithium-ion batteries tightly fitted under the B-Class Electric Drive.

This setting allows the car to retain its benchmark cabin room and boot space. Available in two model lines – Sport and Electric Art – the five-passenger B-Class Electric Drive features a 501-liter boot, which could be hiked to 1,456-liters if seats are folded down.

When its power is depleted, the car could be fully charged via a wall box at home for up to nine hours and via a public charging station for between three and four hours. The Sport model’s standard equipment includes a distinct design for the front and rear bumpers, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights as well as a seven-inch central display.

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Besides the 2015 CLA, Mercedes-Benz also unveiled the 2015 B-Class Facelift, an updated version of its well-known sports tourer. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Facelift has a starting price of 27,102 euros (B180) and can be easily recognized thanks to the redesigned front bumper, the wide radiator trim featuring two louvres, as well as thanks to the new headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights.

At the rear, we find new LED High Performance headlamps available as an option (not on the B-Class Electric Drive or Natural Gas Drive) and a new bumper fitted with a contoured covering and an additional chrome strip. Inside, the vehicle can be fitted with a new 8-inch head unit display and gets a new ambient lightning system offering 12 colours.

Keyless-Go is available as an option too. For the 2015MY, the B-Class is offered with three new design and equipment lines - Style, Urban and AMG Line - but also with the Night, Exclusive and AMG Exclusive packages.

Read the entire article 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Facelift prepares for 2014 Paris Motor Show

As BMW announced that the i3 will cost $41,350 in the United States, Mercedes-Benz is preparing to take on its German rival with the all-new 2014 B-Class Electric Drive. According to the official press release, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will cost $41,450. Based on the standard B-Class, the B-Class Electric Drive uses a Tesla drive system that generates 177 hp (132 kW) and a maximum torque of 251 lb-ft (340 Nm) of torque.

With these numbers, the B-Class Electric Drive accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.9 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 100 mph or 160 km/h. Power supply to the electric drive is delivered via a lithium-ion battery, located in the “Energy Space” in the underfloor of the vehicle.

Depending on the driving cycle, the battery offers a range of 85 miles or 137 km/h. For a range of 60 miles (96 km/h) can be charged at 240V in the United States in less than 2 hours, while a full recharge takes about 3.5 hours. The charge socket is located behind the conventional fuel door.

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Mercedes-Benz has commenced series production of the B-class Electric Drive that will arrive in the United States this summer and in Europe later this year. The B-class Electric Drive – Daimler’s second battery powered vehicle next to the Smart ForTwo EV – could travel up to around 200 km (124 miles) in a single charge and could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds, reaching a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph).

Mercedes developed the model in partnership with Tesla Motors. It is ran by a Tesla-sourced front-mounted electric motor that provides up to 174 hp.

The motor, in turn, is powered by Tesla's 28.0-kWh lithium-ion battery mounted low in the floor between the front and rear seats. The battery is housed in a step in the cabin floor that doesn’t affect space inside.

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Mercedes-Benz is celebrating the delivery of over 1 million B-Class since the sports tourer was launched in 2005. The B-Class has been logging a good performance in Germany and is currently considered the market leader in the compact MPV sector. Mercedes considered Germany as the largest market for the B-Class, followed by China.

According to Ola Källenius, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars responsible for Marketing & Sales, the B-Class is the perfect combination of “sporty design, impressive driving dynamics and incomparable driving comfort,” making it popular with customers. Källenius noted that the current B-Class model is allowing Mercedes to penetrate the most diverse customer groups, “from families with children to active seniors.”

B-Class also proved popular with fleet customers, being voted Corporate Car of the Year in 2013. Likewise, the most popular engines for the B-Class are the B 180 petrol and diesel engines, each accounting for around 30 percent of sales. Around 50 percent of B-Class vehicles sold come with a navigation and infotainment system.

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The A-class and B-class Mercedes-Benz range is now broader with the addition of new 'ECO SE' and all-wheel-drive variants that offer impressive fuel economy. The new ECO SE economy models will replace the A180 CDI SE and B180 CDI SE manual variants. Mercedes claims that the A180 CDI ECO SE has an average of 78.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 92g/km.

Meanwhile, the outgoing model returns 74.3mpg and emits 98g/km of CO2. The same improvements were applied to the Mercedes B180 CDI ECO SE, with 74.3mpg and 98g/km of CO2. Meanwhile, the outgoing model returns 68.9mpg and emits 108g/km of CO2. As a result, both are now free to tax, as opposed to only the A-class.

They also benefit from low company car tax bands. Set to become available in January 2014, the ECO SE models received aerodynamic enhancements, some weight-saving measures and powertrain modifications so that it will become more efficient without sacrificing performance. Mercedes said that the power, torque, top speed and acceleration figures of both models are unchanged.

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Yesterday we’ve told you that i3 demand makes BMW think at a production boost but it appears that the competition is not sleeping at all. Daimler Research and Development chief Thomas Weber believes that the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will outpace the BMW i3 as well as other competitors.

According to the same Weber, the new B-Class Electric Drive will be at least as competitive as other electric vehicles.

Moreover, the new B-Class Electric Drive will have a range of 200 km (124 mph) while the top speed achieved will be 160 km/h or 100 mph. With a maximum torque of over 300 Nm, the B-Class Electric Drive will be capable to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds.

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Today, Mercedes-Benz premiered the all-new 2014 B-Class Electric Drive at the 2013 New York Auto Show. Based on the standard B-Class the new electric vehicle is powered by an electric motor delivering more than 100 kW and a maximum torque of 300 Nm. As a result, the B-Class electric drive sprints from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in less than 10 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 100 mph or 160 km/h.

Moreover, depending on the respective driving cycle, the range is around 115 miles (200 km). Charging time for a range of about 60 miles (100 km) is less than 2 hours at 240 V/40 A.

As expected, the B-Class Electric Drive is capable to convert kinetic energy into electric current in deceleration mode and during braking and feeding this energy into the battery. The charging socket is inconspicuously installed behind the charging flap.

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Mercedes-Benz has introduced a new plug-in electric version of the second-generation B-class at the Paris Motor Show. The almost production-ready MPV was made with the cooperation of Tesla. It gives us a preview of the B-class Electric Drive that’s due to be offered in selected markets starting in early 2014.

This project is include in a new-product offensive of broad based zero emission models, which include the SLS Electric Drive.

It’s probable that this new car would be offered on an extended monthly lease scheme similar to the one used on the Smart Electric Drive. It will feature an electric motor positioned where the B-class’s various four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines are placed.

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Mercedes-Benz has given us a view of the new plug-in electric version of the second-generation B-class before it is officially launched later this month at the Paris Motor Show. The near-to-production-ready MPV was built with the cooperation of Tesla. It presages the B-class Electric Drive that will be offered in certain markets starting in early 2014.

This model is part of Mercedes-Benz’s campaign for the Paris show to launch a barrage of zero emission models. This new car would probably be available with an extended monthly lease scheme comparable to what the Smart Electric Drive has. This electric motor is positioned in the space that’s frequently intended for the different four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines of the B-class.

The brushless unit has an output of 134bhp and 228lb ft torque. The motor’s electrical energy comes from a lithium ion battery pack of a still-undetermined capacity located low on the floor of the front-wheel drive B-class’s platform before the rear axle.

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About 140 of Ford’s 3,300 dealerships have signed up for the six-month Ford Motor Co. pilot program to test an Apple iPad application dubbed the Showcase App in dealership sales departments, according to Michelle Moody, Ford technology communications manager. One of those dealers is New Jersey-based Rich Savino who plans to remove all 20 personal computers on the tables of his sales consultants by Oct. 1.

Savino has ordered one iPad for every manager and sales consultant at All American Ford of Old Bridge, N.J. Savino said that the PC’s era is over. He said that the PC is a “wall” between the dealer and the customer. During the pilot, the 20 sales consultants of the store, shared six iPads.

Ford launched the nationwide iPad program on Aug. 1. Moody said that the optional application is linked to Ford's ordering and sales reporting systems, aiding the sales consultants in making the process easier.

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Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the petrol engines powering its A- and B-Class already meet the required emission limits as set by EURO 6, two years before the standard comes into effect on September 1, 2014. As a matter of fact, Mercedes engines have already undercut the particulate limits being introduced for the first time for petrol engines.

Mercedes also offers to recode models that have already been delivered to buyers. The direct-injection petrol engines in the A 180, A 200 and A 250, and their corresponding models in the B-Class were able to undercut the emission limits thanks especially to advanced Mercedes-Benz technology.

The technology also enabled direct-injection petrol engines to undercut the strict particle number limit of 6 x 1011 per km, which would only become compulsory in 2017 on the second stage of EURO 6.

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By 2014, Mercedes-Benz would already start offering an electric version of its new B-class compact in the U.S., according to an insider. The EV will be built on a new front-wheel-drive platform and will utilize battery packs, electric motor and other parts provided by Tesla Motors.

Automobilwoche, a sibling publication of Automotive News, spoke to a Daimler source, who said that the company seeks to offer one more battery-powered unit to the market. An electric version of the Smart ForTwo is available from Daimler, which holds a 4.7% stake in Tesla. The battery packs are supplied by Tesla for the second-generation Smart EV.

In the fall, Daimler will start the production of the third-generation Smart EV, with the use of its own batteries and electric motor. Furthermore, the source said that it intends to offer a B-class hybrid in 2014, which will have a small internal combustion engine since the range-extender has been postponed. The source said that zero-emission vehicles get more favorable classifications and higher incentives than vehicles with a range extender.

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Service advisers at 34 Sonic Automotive Inc. stores are utilizing iPads as part of operations and have notice the increase in repair orders. At these stores where service iPads are used, customer-pay business is increasing. For one, grosses per repair order have increased by 8% on average at Lexus dealerships and 11% percent at Toyota stores. Last October, Apple, iPad's manufacturer, even recognized the accomplishments of Sonic during the gadget maker's earning conference call. In April, all Sonic stores will be equipped with service department iPads. Also, sales representatives have already received iPads. Sonic President Scott Smith disclosed that they have made a "huge, huge, huge, multiple-tens-of-millions-of-dollars commitment to go this way," adding that this is just going to get bigger.

He disclosed that they are rolling out the iPads and iPhones to technicians, service writers, salespeople, F&I and porters. "It's not cheap," he admitted. Sonic, the third biggest retailer in the nation, is investing $57 million this year on technology. It is spending much to equip its frontline employees with Apple gadgets that are expected to boost their productivity, persuade clients to spend more and increase loyalty. Unlike other large public dealership groups, Sonic is staying away from acquisitions and instead, it is investing internally.

Other huge retailers are also utilizing tablets in their operations, but Sonic's initiative is on the leading edge. Leaders at AutoNation have disclosed that they will be equipping their service and sales employees with tablet computers in 2012 and 2013. Asbury chief Craig Monaghan foresees a day when most areas of the dealership are using tablets instead of PCs. Asbury has utilized iPads in some store pilots. Group 1 Automotive is utilizing tablets in service departments at some stores. Lithia and Penske are operating service department pilots.

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Mercedes-Benz UK has launched its first iPad Brochure App, which promises to provide customers a more engaging way to experience the C-Class Coupé’s design, performance and technology.  The company’s iPad Brochure App contains all the information about the C-Class Coupé, including specs, images and body details as well as its price list.

The Brochure App’s interactive section makes use of the iPad’s capabilities, allowing users to be informed and entertained at the same time. “We live in a culture that’s almost always on-line, and is used to rich media experiences, and our new iPad Brochure app really brings the C-Class Coupé to life,“ David George, Marketing Director Mercedes-Benz Cars said, adding that the new app allows customer to read about the C-Class Coupé’s features and functions without having to wait for a brochure to be delivered, or read a pdf of a paper product.

The carmaker’s new iPad Brochure App has a model lines section that presents C-Class Coupé images and allows readers to compare all engine and trim combinations, from the Sport to the C 63 AMG.

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Brabus is offering several upgrade packages for the redesigned Mercedes-Benz B-Class that has only started to be released in Europe. Brabus, which is a prominent tuning firm for the brand, has announced these packages even as it has yet to finish its engine modifications for this new compact people mover.

Brabus is offering an aero body kit that has a front spoiler and rear apron with integral diffuser, shrouding a stainless-steel exhaust system with quad chrome tailpipes. Ride height is lower by 1.2 inches, made possible with a set of sport springs.

It comes with a choice of five wheel designs, in sizes from 17-19 inches, and with performance rubber from Continental, Pirelli or Yokohama.

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Small-sized Mercedes-Benz M-Class and B-Class cars are now also available – as miniatures. The M-Class and B-Class detailed miniatures are now part of the Mercedes-Benz Collection and are available with immediate in 1:87, 1:43 and 1:18 scales. The miniatures carry the same paintwork colors and special equipment features as their full-sized originals, to assure authenticity of the items.

The miniatures in 1:43 and 1:18 scales carry the same interior trims of the real ones, depending on the paintwork colors. The front doors, tailgate, bonnet and boot lid of the 1:18 miniatures can be opened. Meanwhile the rear seat bench in the B-Class model can be folded forward.

Company's collection comes in Mercedes-Benz designer packaging, with a bonus screwdriver for the 1:18 scale models for easy removal from its screw-fastened packaging.

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